Post # 1
So my Fiance just started school back up today. He’s working on his last prereqs for both the respiratory therapy and physical therapy assistant programs, and I was wondering if anyone has any advice.
He really wants to go to the PTA program, which is very competitive here. It’s the only one in the area, and one of few in the state (like, we’d have to move 2 hours go get close to the others). He’s applied and been wait listed a couple of times, but never made it in. He’s working on finishing up the prereqs and I’m encouraging him to get in touch with a local sports PT office about volunteering/interning there for some experience and more points on his app (the program is weighted). He had been trying to volunteer at a local hospital’s PT office, and despite being very popular with the doctors (like, they were fighting over him), nothing ever happened because the lady who coordinates the volunteers is useless.
So. I encouraged him to explore other career paths. Our college offers a respiratory therapy degree, so he looked into it and thought that it sounded good. He’s currently finishing the prereqs for that, as well. Both programs take applications in the spring for the following fall (two different schools), so he’s going to apply for both and see what happens.
I guess I’m just looking for any tips/advice/experiences/etc. with either of these programs to pass along to him.
Post # 3
I’m not in either of these fields but one of my best friend’s sister is an occupational therapy assistant and when she graduated she had tons of job offers. I think they are really in demand. Have him check into that! Sports pt is very competitive so he may have a harder time trying to get into that.
Post # 4
While I don’t know much about those programs themselves, I have been applying to physical therapy schools (the doctorate programs) for the last year and find that experience in several different PT settings is very important to them. Hospital/inpatient, outpatient (sports rehab, spine specialists, just regular PTs people go to for various reasons, etc), pediatric, and even home health are all different settings. While these were super important for my applications, they were second to pre-req grades. I had like a thousand hours in 3 different settings, but too many B’s on my pre-reqs so I was denied from all schools last year. Hopefully this year, having retaken a bunch, I have better luck 🙂 Good luck to him! PTA is a very rewarding career!
Post # 5
@BlondeMissMolly: We don’t have any OTA programs here. We have an OT program, but that’s another 3-5 years in school because it’s a bachelors/masters and not an AA. He would love to do sports PT (because he’s a wrestling coach), but the program itself is just PTA. I only suggested trying to intern/volunteer at the sports PT place because it’s an environment that he would enjoy, and it’s close to home.
@MrsNerdy: PT itself is a lot more involved in PTA (and more competitive, I’m sure, because it’s a doctoral program), though. I have a friend who got into the local PTA program with no experience at all. I was just thinking that the experience would help him get into the program because it’s weighted. Obviously grades help, too.